Glancy Nicholls Architects were appointed to design and deliver an integrated care centre and library for Derbyshire County Council. The development consists of three primary areas, inclusive of semi-public/open access facilities, semi-private/resident, staff and visitor only areas, and private/support areas. Affording a supportive environment, the scheme forms an intrinsic part of the Council’s strategic delivery of targeted residential care.
The facility provides 40 dementia friendly residential bedrooms, with associated ancillary spaces, domestic scale lounge / dining areas and activity spaces. In addition, the development provides communal facilities including a Café / Restaurant and Public Library service.
The site itself is situated in Belper town centre within a UNESCO World Heritage site, and the development encompasses working with an existing building; whereby historically significant facades have been retained, refurbished and incorporated into the scheme. The scheme will provide a secure, safe and stimulating homely environment for residents requiring care needs, a focal hub for the wider community and a new Public Library.